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International Management (Human Resource Management)

MSc

Key facts


Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 12 months

Part time: 24 months

Department

Oxford Brookes Business School

Accreditation(s)

Chartered Management Institute

  • Chartered Management Institute

Overview


Understand the operations and cultural differences of a range of global businesses with our MSc International Management (Human Resource Management). 

During the course you will:

  • study business functions such as marketing, finance and strategy
  • consider global environmental factors in which international organisations operate (economic, political and social)
  • develop a specialism in the key area of human resource management. 

You will gain practical experience by working on a live consultancy project. This can be with a commercial or not-for-profit organisation.

Our aim is to equip you with the skills you need to work in international organisations so you will:

  • learn about a range of international organisations
  • develop the skills, knowledge and ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • develop your general management and intercultural management skills.

Our graduates go on to successful international careers with a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations around the world.

Female students talking on the way to a lecture

How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.

Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development.

The MSc in International Management attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applications are welcome from those in work and seeking continuing professional development.

Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references (one of these must be an academic reference).

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university's English language requirements:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking)
  • if you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full year of study) you will automatically meet our English language requirements

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£8,490

Home/EU part time
£5,200

International full time
£14,800

Home/EU full time
£10,500

Home/EU part time
£5,250

International full time
£15,400

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£8,490

Home/EU part time
£5,200

International full time
£14,800

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£10,500

Home/EU part time
£5,250

International full time
£15,400

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. 

The destination varies from year to year, so it is not possible to give a precise cost. As an example, the fee for the Boston USA field trip in July 2019 was £1580 and included: accommodation for 7 nights in the Boston area insurance company visits (e.g. Facebook, Dunkin Brands, Trip Advisor, Microsoft, Bank of America) group transportation for all activities and some of the meals. This fee did not include international airfare, visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.

A CMI Induction event will be held so you can find out about the CMI qualification and membership and choose whether you would like to qualify and join. If you do choose to become a member of the CMI and gain the Level 7 CMI qualification you will need to pay a non-refundable fee, which was £289 in 2018 and includes one-year membership of the CMI.

Learning and assessment


We have designed a highly flexible course that is suitable for individuals from a variety of educational backgrounds. With or without work experience.

We link theory to practice through:

  • workshops and seminars
  • company visits
  • external speakers
  • assessment. 

Our student cohorts are international. So you will benefit from working with staff and peers with varied experiences and perspectives. Our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and non-academic backgrounds. This gives you a comprehensive and diverse learning experience.

You'll have varied opportunities for business/industry exposure such as:

  • company visits
  • field trips
  • guest lectures
  • student projects.

Our guest external speakers typically hold the position of managing director. We have recently welcomed speakers from Harley-Davidson, the RAF, the UN, Barclays Bank, and Taylor Wimpey.

You will study the compulsory modules listed below. And you will choose between completing a dissertation or work-based research project.

Students discussing subject

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Research Methods

Preparing you to undertake effective research drawing upon a range of secondary and primary data sources in preparation for your coursework. You will be introduced to a range of tools required for research including methodological issues, data collection techniques and study skills. This module prepares you for completing high quality, systematic business and management research.

Introduction to the Principles of Marketing

Enabling you to gain an understanding of the main marketing principles and how to apply them. You will explore the roles of buyers, the marketing environment and the ways marketers plan, manage and implement marketing programmes in international organisations.

Finance and Accounting for Business

This will develop your critical assessment of corporate financial information from the users' perspective. You will study both financial and management accounting covering three areas:

  • Basics - terminology, purposes, users, rules and regulations and business entities
  • Financial accounting - key financial statements, published accounts and analysis and interpretation through ratios
  • Management accounting - costing, budgeting and forecasting, budget management and pricing

Global Strategic Management

Strategic management is the process by which managers formulate and implement strategies to generate high performance. In this module you will develop your understanding of the managerial challenge in strategising; how to deliver sustainable competitive advantage. You will engage in critical evaluation of the key strategic issues. You will consider the wider economic environment and explore why strategy is important, how organisations make strategic decisions through the processes of analysis, choice and responsible and ethical management and leadership.

International Organisations

This examines a range of international organisations and their different purposes. Your studies will focus on multi-national companies, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the European Union and other similar organisations such as the UN. These institutions influence and relate to the operations of global businesses. You will look at the political, economic and social environments in which international organisations function and the challenges they face. Leading business executives and subject experts are invited in to speak to you.

Resourcing, Talent and Performance Management

A major objective of the human resources function is the mobilisation of a workforce. Organisations can only function if they are able to assemble teams of people with the necessary skills to meet their goals and retain effective performers. This module focuses on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and exiting. You will develop the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context. You will also gain an understanding of how performance management can support the strategic objectives of an organisation, how the performance of people can be enhanced and inspired by leadership, and how it contributes to high-performance work organisations.

Managing Employment Relations

This will develop your understanding of managing employment relations within a global business. Employment relations is a changing subject which is influenced by external factors (political and economic) and internal factors (management and management style). You will explore the impact of different national environments on employment and the roles of different stakeholders in employment relation systems. You will also critically review employment relations in an organisation and make suggestions to drive improvements to Human Resource Management. This module includes a practical skills workshop.

Leading and Managing: International Perspective

This will develop your international management and leadership skills, introducing you to key management issues which are illustrated by case studies. It will improve your cross-cultural awareness and enhance your effectiveness when working with an international organisation. You can choose between taking a Consultancy Project module or the International Management in Practice: Study Trip module.

Consultancy Project

You will gain practical international project experience by working in a cross-cultural team on a real problem for a client organisation. You will develop problem solving and communication skills as well as the ability to work in cross-cultural teams. Your team will work virtually, face-to-face and with help from tutors.

International Management in Practice: Study Trip

You can go to Budapest to experience a hands-on week, learning about the processes within international management. Students meet with leaders of global firms and international organisations, receive presentations from global academic experts, and tour facilities. This module is included in your programme fees, but you are responsible for paying for all travel and accommodation costs and some meals. This is a 10-credit module, which will be formally assessed.

Final project - choose one of:

Compulsory modules

Dissertation

The dissertation is an opportunity for you to carry out an in-depth investigation into a topic of Business Management which is of particular interest to you. It should have an appropriately clear focus and be an investigation based on primary and/or secondary data, justified by detailed reference to relevant theories and concepts from literature.

Synoptic Research Project

In this module you will integrate, apply and extend your knowledge and skills gained within the core modules through an international case study and oral examination. You will learn more about the complexity of the Business and Management by synthesising, and applying the learning gained in other modules.

Client Project

You have the opportunity to link theory to practice by analysing a real organisational issue. Having identified a project (with the approval of both the client company and the Module Leader) you investigate a particular issue, one that can be supported through the relevant literature and by conducting primary research with the client. This module is not an internship but can be taken in conjunction with an internship you have identified and are participating in. The ‘issue’ in question may be current management problem for the client organisation or related to future strategic choices. The Client Project provides you with a significant learning and personal development experience.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Most of the teaching takes the form of interactive workshops. You will strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills with:

  • lectures
  • discussions
  • role-play exercises.

These are linked with selected case studies and assessments.

Structured group assignments and an online group-based marketing simulation
will develop your skills in working as part of a team.

Live research projects for an organisation allow you to gain practical experience. And to put your knowledge of events marketing approaches and theories into practice. 

You will benefit from the insight of teaching staff at the Business School. They are engaged in academic research or come from an industry background with in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. 
 

Field trips

The International Business in Practice Study Trip module allows you to experience ideas and practices of global business. During the trip you will have direct interaction with management executives and practices. You will: attend presentations from local management executives and experts go on site visits to major corporations and agencies. This study trip is voluntary and you will need to fund all costs associated with the trip. It is not linked to university assessments in any way.

We also run a study trip to Chengdu, China. If you choose the study trip (which runs in July), we will give you all the details by March so that you can make your decisions ahead of the trip in July.

If you successfully complete this non-credit bearing module, it will be recorded on your transcript as P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

You will be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • assignments
  • individual or group reports
  • group presentations.

This range of assessments will help you to develop the analytical and presentation skills employers look for. 

After you graduate


Career prospects

On graduation from the MSc in International Management (Human Resource Management) you will be able to pursue a range of different careers. Human Resource Management is becoming increasingly international and students with this programme can successfully enter an HR function in a global context within an international organisation.

Previous students of International Management have gained managerial positions in global organisations (commercial and not-for-profit), some have joined management consultancies and some are studying for a PhD and pursuing academic careers.

Examples of companies which have employed students from this course include:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Oxfam
  • Google
  • Sainsbury's
  • Nestlé
  • Unilever.

Our Staff


Dr Sola Adesola

Cranfield University alumnus Dr Sola Adesola is an international management academic, lawyer, researcher and director of studies with specialties in entrepreneurship education and development, energy policy and international business, and university-industry collaboration.

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Tom Elsworth

Tom is closely involved with academic matters in the relationship with our Associated College Partners and the development of Degree Apprenticeships programmes.

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